Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan has urged local government
officials to ensure all wages owing to migrant rural construction
workers are paid in full by the end of this year.
"Although the deadline is only six months away,
governments should establish a long-term mechanism to prevent
defaulting on wages owed to migrant workers," Zeng told a meeting
in Beijing on Sunday.
Under a plan set by the State Council, the
administration promised to solve the issue of defaulting or cutting
wage payments to migrant construction workers by 2006.
So far, a total of 177 billion yuan, or 95.2 percent
of the arrears reported by construction companies before the end of
2003, have been paid to migrant laborers, statistics from the
Ministry of Construction shows.
To make sure the remaining 4.8 percent are paid on
schedule, Zeng said the State Council will hold provincial
governments responsible for unpaid wages within their jurisdiction.
Provincial governments must only approve construction projects that
are securely funded to ensure all wages be paid on time, he
(Xinhua News Agency July 10, 2006)